The Master Mind (1914)

Pledging to revenge the execution of his brother, whom the District Attorney caused to be convicted, Richard Allen, a quaint individual who takes delight in concealing his identity by ... See full summary »

Directors:

Oscar Apfel (as Oscar C. Apfel), Cecil B. DeMille (uncredited)

Writers:

Clara Beranger (scenario), David Daniel Cohen (story) (as Daniel D. Carter)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edmund Breese ... Richard Allen
Fred Montague Fred Montague ... Henry Allen
Jane Darwell ... Milwaukee Sadie
Dick La Reno Dick La Reno ... Blount
Harry Fisher ... Diamond Willie
Mabel Van Buren ... Lucine, ''Three-Arm Fanny''
Richard L'Estrange ... Safe Blower (as Richard La Strang)
Monroe Salisbury ... District Attorney
William Elmer ... Creegan (as Billy Elmer)
Baby La Reno Baby La Reno ... 1st Brother - as a Child
'Baby' Carmen De Rue ... 2nd Brother - as a Child
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Pledging to revenge the execution of his brother, whom the District Attorney caused to be convicted, Richard Allen, a quaint individual who takes delight in concealing his identity by playing the role of a valet to an extravagant young man in New York, plots for the downfall of the prosecutor and educates his cleverest female crook, "Three-Arm Fanny," with a view to having her fascinate and marry the District Attorney. The "Master Mind," under various disguises, informs the District Attorney that he will receive the four aces at certain intervals and when he receives the ace of spades, the end will be near. Richard Allen, known as the "Master Mind," conceives many diabolical plots looking forward to the ruination of his enemy, the District Attorney, and finally succeeds in arousing his anger and jealousy, and is about to crush the unsuspecting attorney when "Three-Arm Fanny," who has really fallen in love with her husband, pleads with the "Master Mind" to withdraw and the "Master Mind... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Apfel and DeMille
12 December 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 33 year old Cecil B. DeMille was being mentored by the director, Oscar Apfel in this film. Either Apfel was a lousy director, or DeMille didn't absorb any of the information that he passed on to him. This film lacked intimacy and warmth, and was as interesting as watching paint dry.


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